Find out about the 18 participating teams for the biggest prize pool in esports history and how to watch the Dota 2 International 10.
Dota 2 The International 2021 (TI10) commences on October 7. With the prize pool being the biggest ever, surpassing last year’s $34 million USD, standing at $40,018,195 USD, the tournament is bound to be highly competitive and a great viewing experience.
The tournament had never seen a team win twice but OG in the last iteration of the Dota 2 The International won twice that too back to back “Aegis of the Champions”, the name of the trophy awarded to the winning team.
With OG’s star support player Jerax being retired now, it would be interesting to see if the team is able to reclaim their champion status. Whether you have been following Dota 2 for years or a new viewer, this is a highly anticipated event and has a possibility to rewrite the history books.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Dota 2 The International 10 (TI10).
Dota 2 The International’s Schedule and Venue
The International 10 will be held in Romania’s biggest stadium – Arena Nationala. The stadium designed to host football matches has a seating capacity of over 50,000.
Every Dota 2 The International event has had a live audience, so the stadium is a perfect fit for an amped-up live audience. Although, Valve is yet to start the sale of the tickets for the audience.
As per Dota 2 The Internationals’ schedule, the event is set to start on October 7, with the traditional opening ceremony. TI10 will be divided into two levels, a preliminary Group stage and the Main event in front of the live audience if it is allowed.
A double-elimination tournament is used for invited teams. The Grand final is played in a Bo5 (best of five) series while the rest of the matches are all Bo3s.
Group Stage: October 7 – October 10, 2021
Main Event: October 12 – October 17, 2021
Dota 2 The International Teams
Out of the 18 teams participating, 12 qualified through the Dota Pro Circuit while the remaining 6 teams traverse a tougher road to qualifying through the Regional Qualifiers.
Listed below are the participating along with the team members fighting for Dota 2 The International’s prize pool of $40 million.
Dota 2 The International Invited Teams
6 Qualified Teams
Dota 2 The International Prize Pool
Last year’s battle pass was one of the most worthwhile purchases in-game for Dota 2. Just like the previous years, a portion of the battle pass revenue adds up to Dota 2 The International’s prize pool for the upcoming International event.
With the pandemic going on around the world, the event was canceled last year and postponed for this year.
The International 10 broke its previous year’s record by surpassing the $40 million mark this time around. The largest prize pool for an esports event before this was set by the previous iteration of the same event, The International 9 with a prize pool of $34 million.
Valve has yet to reveal the breakdown of the TI10’s percentages. $15 million USD, or 45 percent, of the total prize pool, were won by OG in the ninth installment of the tournament. Going by the same percentage, the Winners of the TI10 should bag around $18 million USD.
Dota 2 The International: Where to watch?
There will be live multilingual broadcasts of all TI10 matches as well as replays in English.
The tournament will be available free to watch in-game via Dota TV. Since Dota 2 is very popular in Russian and Chinese regions, the tournament will also be broadcasted in Russian and Chinese.
Apart from this, the main streams for the tournament with the opening ceremony and all the stadium-packed action will be streamed on the official The International Twitch and YouTube channels.
With the most anticipated event for the Dota 2 game happening after a year’s break, it will be interesting to see which team is able to tough it out through the ever-changing meta and come out on top.
If you are new to the game, we have got you covered with a beginner’s guide for Dota 2. Let us know in the comments section below which team you are rooting for.